Roosevelt County is named for Theodore Roosevelt, who was the twenty-sixth President of the United States.
Created: February 28, 1903
Portales 1903 – present
County Courthouse – Portales
Location: 109 West 2nd Street / Main Street
Built: 1938 – 1939
Style: Art Deco
Architect: Robert E Merrell
Contractor: C S Lambie & Company
Description: The building faces southeast and is a four story rectangular buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The southeast front has a projecting center section which rises above the roof line. There is stone trim at the central entrance. Extensive use of the Zia symbol decorate the exterior along with three early settlers and an Indian guide. The roof line is flat. The courtroom is located at the southeast side of the second story. The building was a Works Progress Administration project.
See: The contractor C S Lambie & Company constructed courthouses in Quay County and Sierra County and in Texas in Childress County, Gregg County, Hutchinson County, Moore County, Potter County and Ward County.
Note: The first courthouse was a two story frame structure with cement block walls built in 1903. The second and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $197,381.
County Magistrate Court – Portales
Location: 1700 North Boston Avenue / East Spruce Street
Built: 2015 – 2016
Architect: ASA Architect
Contractor: HB Construction of Las Cruces.
Description: The building faces west and is a one story rectangular shaped white colored concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the north of the courthouse. The southwest corner has a high yellow colored concrete entrance section with glass panels. A canopy extended over the first story entrance. The roof line is flat.
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Statue of Washington Ellsworth Lindsey
County Magistrate Court
Photos taken 2007, 2016 and 2019